Fresh cross firing on LoC, Pakistani soldier killed

KL Report

JAMMU

A heavy exchange of firing between Indian and Pakistani troops on the Line of Control (LoC),  in Jammu and Kashmir has resulted in the killing of a Pakistani military officer on Wednesday.

Sources said that another Pakistani soldier was injured in the incident.

Sources said that both the parties opened  firing on one another on the LoC, which divides Indian- and Pakistani-administered Kashmir at 11:15pm on Tuesday night.

The incident took place in the Shakma sector and the exchange of fire continued for at least three hours, the sources said.

Recent weeks have seen an escalation in tensions between the two South Asian neighbours, with several soldiers killed on both sides of the border, which either side declares to be unilateral violations of a 2003 ceasefire by the other country.

The latest crisis began after the Indian government accused Pakistan of having supported an incursion into Indian territory which resulted in the deaths of five Indian soldiers on August 6. Islamabad denied the allegation.

India’s Defence Minister AK Antony said on Monday that the army would take “all possible steps” to counter ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the border.

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